The frame is 4 4/8 x 3 2/8" (to fit a 4x3 inch baggie.) The window was punched with a Marvy scallop square punch and run through the cuttlebug with tinted versamark ink on the folder & heat embossed with clear embossing powder. (For more details on that cuttlebug technique please see this post)
(1) Make two frames (please see measurements above)
(2) Use one frame as a guide to mark your window cuts
(3) Cut inside of the pencil lines & then erase them
(4) Make gel bag: Add about a teaspoon or so of hair gel (Be wary of overfilling or it may pop.)
(5) Add a bit of Stickles (or glitter) & smoosh around (I use my finger then you can pull the gel-filled bag apart and push the gel around until are happy with the bubbliness.) It just requires a little rinsing and drying of the closed bag (before you trim it) It's easier than it sounds, honest. ;0)
(6) You can add reinker to colour the gel (or use blue gel.) I love the look of soft sky reinker. It is ultra fun getting messy and easy to...
(7) ...rinse, dry, & trim the baggie after.
(8) Put adhesive all over the back of one of the frames & adhere gel bag
(9) Cut the top zipper/sealing-strip off of another baggie & adhere it on the other side of the assemblage (where the bottom of the baggie is); this balances out the bump that the first zipper creates & just makes the card look a tad more polished.
(10) If you are using a mat you'll want to be sure to cut the window out of it too (you can use the punched scallop square to mark & cut it)
(11) Sandwich the mat between the frame (with the gel bag) & the main card
(12) Add a plain frame to match the main card (and hide the other mats)
(13) Colour your image. This octopus was coloured with Stampin' Up!'s watercolour pencil crayons (layering monochromatic colours, using a circular motion and stippling as the blue fades away from the image.)
(Step #100, 000, 004) heehee Position the image: (a little tricky, but worth fiddling with)
- Firstly, place it so that you can see it properly through the front window
- Secondly, adhere it temporarily (maybe on one corner)
- Thirdly, make sure the frame hides the white paper edges of your image
- Finally, adhere the octopus, realign & adhere the frame (you may need to trim your frame to make it straight.)